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pass the obama tax cut and say look, i'm bringing in revenue. i lowered the deficit. pass his tax cut. a win and he can blame the g.o.p. i would argue i don't think the g.o.p. had the ball on this fight. i don't think they gave it up. i don't think they had it. it's very tough for them to win against the white house like this. and a white house press corps that is not going to report anything negative against the president. >> eric: the ball is a debt ceiling. remember, all the negotiations, tell you, i'll get to greg, they have to go through the house. money negotiations go through the house. if the house says no on raising debt ceiling they can create havoc. go ahead. >> greg: i don't care anymore. >> kimberly: okay. you did last week? >> greg: as a human being in this discussion, i have already lost. both options going over the fiscal cliff and not going over the fiscal cliff are losers. that leads to a big lie. when this was made it was supposed to be bad for both sides. remember, high taxes and democrat sweet 16 party. they love that stuff saming that to dems is saying i don't kn
in any way too close to president obama right now. >> let's move on in terms of massachusetts. we got the information that ted kennedy jr. will not run. scott brown doing well in all the polls. president obama will be fully engaminged in pass pass. how is that looking? they don't have a big horse to run. >> the polls show a good chance of scott brown being able to at least have the even money to win back a senate seat in massachusetts. when you talk to the democrats, they say look, the way that scott brown was able to win in 2010 were under very special circumstances. huh a democratic candidate who was not running a good campaign. the democrats were caught unaware and very surprised. you had that very tough debate on health care. you have the vacancy and democrats say you won't have all the situations at the end. they might be able to beat scott brown in a special contest. >> always tough. you think they can pull it off. lastly it was about chuck hegel, feeling it from the left and the right. the defense built up and every time he takes a twitter, he seems to take out chuck hegel. it
that barack obama has been pragmatic. he passed a lot of things the first two years by running the democrats and getting their vote. i believe the great historical challenge comes over the next four years. and i think the president going from $250,000 to $400,000, knowing he's going to end up at $500,000 on this debate, i think barack obama has a chance to do what eric cantor told bob woodward after he met him the first time, which is if he's pragmatic, if he comes to the middle, then he could lock us republicans up for a very long time. i mean, i think that's the great challenge for barack obama. >> yeah. >> can he do what he appears to be doing right now with john boehner? and that is upsetting a lot of people in his own base for the betterment of their party by saying we're going to raise it from $250,000 to maybe $500,000, go after entitlements and do it for the best interests of the country. >> he is a pragmatist. the first two years, it was such a strained situation. when we talked to him on wednesday, everything he said was about -- he wasn't saying government has to be bigger. govern
that's not going to pass the senate and we also know the white house isn't going to sign that. move on. my contention is after -- >> allow me. >> work with me. it's an important question. let's say president obama says we're going off the fiscal cliff. we go off the cliff. tax cuts expire, sequestration, they kick it down the road. if president obama then says i'm going to put in tax cuts for anyone making under $250,000 a year. i'm going to call them obama tax cuts. will runs say no to voting for a tax cut? >> well, the interesting question is of course what this comes with. we're at the beginning of a conversation not at the end of a conversation. because we have to decide what to do with the bush tax cuts. that's one thing. we have to decide to do -- what to do with a trillion dollar of obamacare tax increases. very few people are talking about this but there's a trillion dollars of tax increases obamand ad demonstration passed before the last election and 90% of those hikes were delayed until after the president got himself reelected. then we have massive spending, $8 trillion in d
of michigan for many years and who served as the special envoy for the first two years of the obama administration. he passed away. he was replaced by barry luckily, an experienced diplomat who would serve indeed drc and -- in the drc and has served in a number of posts. the decision to stop tripartite plus was based on a reluctance of all the governments in the region to carry on. >> thank you. mr. smith? >> secretary carson, rwanda has increasingly been getting a -- attention as a major source of a problem in the region. and there's a lot of history here, going back and forth across the border of atrocities committed on both sides, of congolese genser wanda and vice versa. rwanda has cleared desires to protect their border. but -- i think we're going to need as a country to put more pressure on rwanda to change their behavior. they are not the only part of the problem. there are a ton of gangs involved. what do you see going forward izod their interest in that -- as their interest in that region? on the one hand, it seems the m23 is just driving up more instability. i think both o
is specific and leading to regulation. dodd frank is vague. third in the environmental area, where the obama administration did not succeed to get the legislative wish list pass. they do that through the epa and regulatory way. if you put it together, i think the u.s. economy is people get off the back a little bit. take off a little bit. we have energy discoveries. we had a slow growth for three or four years. investment on the sideline ready to go. not in president obama's interest. he pulls back some, i suspect we could have the decent growth. they are aggressive regulators in the different parts of hhs, epa and financial areas. i don't know that the president is willing to rein them in. economic growth here. >> you mentioned the epa. inhof of the science committee issued a report back in october where he said the obama administration not just the epa but several agencies are working to find way to regulate the hydraulic fracturing at the federal level to stop the practice altogether. irony is fracking is one thing in the environmental -- excuse me, manufacturing sector that lifted up the
. >> be republican and be conservative and pass a bill that cuts tax. >> boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. >> should anybody's taxes be raised at this point? answer yes or no. >> no. no. ♪ >> we begin as president obama and the senate head back to washington set for one last effort to avert the first fiscal cliff. aloha means good-bye for the president as he packs bound for the white house tonight. the president cutting short his vacation leaving michelle and the girls behind as he gets back to work to try to prevent tax increases and spending cuts due to begin next week. there's just one problem. it appears there would be no house republicans to help hammer out a deal. the gop leadership has not yet called their members back to d.c. and will not be in session tomorrow for legislative business. according to one gop aide, they felt it's up to the democrats to act now. so the christmas spirit has not softened actions. but what has softened? customer confidence. in the last week gallup found the drop in the likelihood congress will come to a deal. also holiday spending h
to the floor unless he believes he will not have the support to get it passed or at least not to block it. that is the strategy right now. president obama will be working with what ma jority leader reid trying to get something through. the president wanted a big deal given the time constraints and only six days left, he conceded to a big deal is probably not possible. the goal now is just to get a gap measure to prevent the steep tax hikes from kicking into effect and the deep spending cuts. right now that is the large goal. i can tell you that competence in lawmakers is dwindling according to the latest poll. 50% of americans believe that lawmakers will be able to prevent going-over the fiscal cliff. that is a drop from seven points from december 16th. consumer confidence in the lawmaker'sability to get something done. if we go over the cliff, it could have ramifications including leading the country back into a recession. >> can you tell me or do we know whether president obama spent any time on the phone with mitch mcconnell or john boehner or the republican leaders? that's a good ques
act passed. and i believe the first law that president obama signed. >> i should perhaps process might answer by saying when anything is ready to be reviewed, the author of the majority opinion will summarize the decision from the bench. not read every word of the often long opinion. and then will note at the end justice so-and-so has filed a dissenting carry. so they're not ordinary from the bench unless you feel that the court not only got it wrong, but meaningfully so. and that was when i thought in the lilly ledbetter case, i think most of you have heard about this case. lilly ledbetter was an area manager for a goodyear tire plant in gadsden, alabama, and she was the lone woman in such a position at that plant. when she was engaged in the 1970s, she got the starting salary for people in that position. but over the years, her pay slip in relation to her male peers. whether she suspected it our she didn't want to be known as a troublemaker, and and then one day and she was close to retirement age, one of her coworkers put a slip in her box that said her sour, then gave the seller of
rates low for income under $1 million. so they've been unable to put something on the floor, pass it, and establish a position beyond extending all rate which is a non-starter for president obama. so yes, republicans are going to get blamed. but the way they see it privately, their numbers are so low they really don't have much to lose. >> yeah, and that brings up a good point. when you look at boehner and how he's been acting throughout this whole process, i really think that he's known to a certain extent that he's had a weak hand. but i feel like the republicans feel at this point they have really nothing do. they can just put it in the lap of the democrats and say, you know, you figure it out. >> i think that's right. and i think their talking point now is that it's up -- up to the senate to act. house republicans have passed a bill. they passed a bill to extend all tax rates. that bill is a non-starter. everybody knows that. so now the senate is going to come back in this week. what i think we'll see is the senate will pass something. if the senate passes something, the house wi
, the senate passed a bill on christmas eve that resembled much of what would become the final law. now, the obama administration faces the challenge of making it work amid continuing resistance from some states.mam ray suarez explored those issues in a conversation he taped last week. >> suarez: the full impact of the health reform law won't be felt until 2014. that's when many of the4. uninsured will either startll getting new coverage through medicaid or receive subsidies to buy insurance through new marketplaces called exchanges. but the coming year is also a pivotal one in many respects. for one thing, states must begin setting up those exchanges, and there remains plenty of resistance. just 18 states have said they will set up their own exchange. many republican governors have indicated they'll leave it up to the federal government to create one. julie rovner of npr has beenod covering all this and takes a look ahead. now, we've come to the time when the states have had to pretty much declare their intentions. now that's done. what does america's insurance map look like now? >> we
per year in fraud by implementing this law that was passed in the correct way. unfortunately it is not being done. gerri: it is astonishing to me how many ways you can map this up. and yet president obama said he is working very hard at stopping fraud, here's the president. >> we went after medical fraud in medicare and medicaid very aggressively, more aggressively than ever before. $50 billion of waste taking out of the system. gerri: the white house done a good job of this? >> the heaven, unfortunately. i'm not sure this president even knows what is happening. the $50 billion number, don't know what he gets that number from. the government accounting office has said that they stop $7000 in overpayment. $7000 in overpayment after spending tens of millions of dollars to implement this incorrectly. where i live in south florida, where the health care fraud capital of the country. we have prosecutors doing a good job blocking these people up who have stolen millions, sometimes tens of millions of dollars, but we don't get the money back. stop the fraud before it starts. gerri:
of the nation today. >>> for the rest of us, the fiscal cliff countdown. president obama headed back to d.c. from honolulu. and there is hope that some of this could pass before the new year. we'll see. >>> and a big star with a big heart. my first hand look at matt damon's quest to change the lives of people who live half a world away. trying to get affordable access to nearly a billion people around the world. who don't have access to clean water. welcome back to "early start," it's 27 minutes past the hour. >> let's get started with some of the news. blizzards battling the midwest, plenty more to come, unfortunately. >> oh, my god. we need to go. it's right there. >> a lot of damage reported overnight in mobile, alabama. a tower cam from cnn affiliate wala. blowing transformers, knocking out power to 20,000 customers. the other half of the extreme weather equation, a blizzard, much of the midwest getting targeted. the northeast coming our way. >>> and take a look at this. we want to show you live pictures of snow in seymour, indiana. you can see it's coming down pretty hard. you want t
it would go down to the house floor and be gone for a vote. if that were to happen, you would see it passed out of the house with the democrats and as few as 30 or 40 republicans. john boehner stood by this rule that he wants the majority of majority. boehner and president obama have not spoken over the last few days. there seems to be no communication there. for all intents and purposes, there is a 50-50 sign. a lost folks say more likely than not we go over the slif because they cannot afford it. >> if we go over the cliff, there several million americans who that will impact in terms of people unemployment benefits. maybe they have benefits wrapped up in the market. is there an appropriate sense of urgencey and the amount of pain this will cause in some people's lives. >> to be honest with you and i put my american hat on right now and take off my journalist one, i am perplexed by the lack of urgency from our elected leaders on both sides. this is not a problem that has come up randomly. we were facing this for a long time. many months. there seems to be a wisdom amongst a lot of people
, but people need to understand that president obama did win and he won frankly on the argument that the senate has now put forward and passed which is let's extend these tax cuts for 98% of the american people for those making $250,000 and believe and let's deal with the rest of this later. that bill is sitting in the senate today. and i actually feel bad for boehner. i agree with ana that i really do think he's trying. but unfortunately, he pulled a political employ this past week that blew up in his face and that could seem to the american people that he put politics before the good of the country. >> do you agree with that, ana, do you think this was a big mistake, a missing judgment when he put the bill on the floor that he couldn't pass? >> certainly it was a wake-up call. i don't think it was a mistake because i think he was attempting to send a message and i think he was attempting to do something. so i prefer him going down in an attempt to do something and move the ball than doing nothing. and, yes, president obama won the white house, but the american people also elected a majority o
, professor. it quickly reply to that republican, the bill but the senators tried to pass, a 60,000 billion for sandy on the east pork inhere's a lot of that. call your delegates. my question to you, in regard to what i've heard on president obama in regard to social security is trying to incorporate changes cpi -- chained cpi. a person would pay $1,200 more in one year and over. 30 years, $28,000. could you go in depth on that for me? guest: there are different ways of computing the consumer price index. one of those is to change how much we saved for food and shelter and so forth for the proportions of the previous year as opposed to a base year. that gives you a somewhat lower rate of inflation. economists would argue that is more realistic and a fairer way to index and the government benefits. i have a problem with that. as an economist, i'm interested in perfection of measurement. as a guide u.s. to operate in washington, i am also concerned with equity. older folks really have a different basket of goods than and people. when was the last time grandma and grandpa went out and bought a
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